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Publishing & archiving

Although our study suggests a novel way of publishing, we do not challenge the societal role and place of the scientific article . Our model may be directly applied in a electronic journal environment provided that the necessary software is in place. The editors of  `modular journals' can specify the modular model in terms of instructions to authors and templates. If the model is not immediately valid for the domain and genre at hand, it may be adapted.

We assume that there is some form of peer review or editing process for checking the resulting modules and the labels in which their characterisation is made explicit, as well as the links and their labels. The refereeing of  mesoscopic modules should be more rigorous with respect to completeness, comprehensiveness, and correctness than in the case of a  microscopic module. A macroscopic  module has a status comparable to that of an `advanced text book', since it has a larger, less well-informed target audience. It has to be written explicitly as a macroscopic module and be evaluated more rigorously by the referee to ensure its quality.

The system must allow for updates and additions of modules and links. For example, in the module Bibliographic information the current addresses of the authors has to be kept up to date. Intermediary results may be identified and made explicit by the author at the time of publication, or at a later stage by the author or an editor, for example, in an update of the characterisation of the information. Links may be added between comparable Results and, if the Results turn out to be wrong, the reader must be warned and referred to the new insights.

Rules will have to be specified for the management of the database. For example, modules and links should not `disappear' when they become obsolete, because that would compromise the integrity of the system. Rather than replacing the entire module or link, a new version may be created and explicitly linked to the old version, as well as to the related modules.



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